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Cavs praise 'ready' Rose after first practice

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Derrick Rose has been quickly growing on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and big man Tristan Thompson and sharpshooter Kyle Korver are the latest to offer some high praise for the offseason pickup.

The positive Rose vibes started Monday at Cavs media day, with coach Tyronn Lue and stars LeBron James and Kevin Love expressing their excitement for Rose, who will be the starting point guard for Cleveland until Isaiah Thomas returns from his hip ailment.

After the Cavs conducted their first practice of the season Tuesday, Thompson and Korver spoke with the media and both said they are thrilled to play with Rose and that the explosive guard is already turning heads at practice.

"I'm really excited about D-Rose," Thompson said. "He hit a reverse layup in practice today with his off-hand that wowed everyone. I'll be getting a lot of easy baskets thanks to him this season."

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Korver, who played with Rose during his MVP season with the Chicago Bulls in the 2010-11 season, said it's great to be Rose's teammate again and recognized a few moves Rose made in practice. "Derrick is ready," Korver said. "He made a few moves at the rim today that made me go 'Oh yeah, I've seen that before.' He's very hungry and ready for the challenge." Lue also met with the media for a short time and said Rose's dynamic play is going to be crucial for the Cavs this year. Rose, 28, averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists in 64 games with the New York Knicks last season.